Harris responds to killing of San Francisco police
By Ari Burack, Bay City News Service
December 23, 2006, 11:24 a.m
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - A statement released by the San
Francisco district attorney's office this morning named the San
Francisco police officer shot and killed in the Sunset District
Friday night as Officer Bryan Tuvera.
The shooting, during which an unidentified felony suspect was
also killed, occurred after police followed the suspect into the
garage of an occupied home in the 1600 block of 25th Avenue, according
to San Francisco police Sgt. Steve Mannina.
"My heart goes out to the family, friends and loved ones
of San Francisco Police Officer Bryan Tuvera,'' the statement
from District Attorney Kamala Harris said.
"This officer was a brave and courageous man who was protecting
the innocent. I offer my deepest condolences to every member of
the San Francisco Police Department,'' Harris said.
According to Mannina, after leading police up to the home, the
suspect kicked down a side door to the home's garage and ran inside.
When officers in pursuit followed the suspect through the broken
down door, the suspect opened fire on the officers, hitting one
officer in the head.
"It looks as though the suspect had a pretty good lead on
the officers,'' Mannina said. "The suspect then turned and
fired on the officers as they entered the garage.''
Another officer then shot the suspect, who collapsed a short
distance away, Mannina said.
The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
Mannina described the interior of the garage as having a large
dividing wall between carports, as well as a separate exit headed
to a backyard.
Residents of the home were reportedly upstairs at the time of
the shooting, but were not involved in the incident, Mannina said.
Police had initially attempted to detain the suspect, who Mannina
described as "a wanted suspect who had an outstanding felony
warrant,'' after having seen him walking on 25th Avenue earlier
in the evening. The suspect fled from police at that point into
a backyard in the area, at which point officers set up a perimeter
to begin a search.
It was after the perimeter had been set up that a group of officers
saw the suspect a short distance away and began the foot pursuit
that would lead to the fatal shooting, Mannina said.
Tuvera, a four-and-a-half-year veteran of the department, was
transported to San Francisco General Hospital where he was kept
on life support until 12:01 a.m. today, authorities said.
Police continue to investigate the shooting this morning.
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